If Morgan Stewart (who wears a face mask upon rising each morning) is the queen of face masks, then I’m the princess! Forget, the old adage of once a week face mask application; I can apply face masks up to 5 times a week. Why, you say. Well, I am one of those people who have to work on my skin in order to keep it looking in tip top condition. For me, face masks for acne prone skin are an essential and non-negotiable component of my skincare regimen.
Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of masks, and have settled on the following 7 face masks for acne that actually work.
Natural / Homemade Face Masks For Acne
They may be made of items found in your pantry, but these natural blemish busters have proven themselves time and time again.
1. Spirulina Mask: Spirulina is known for its ability to heal and relieve inflammation and eliminatiates the toxins and bacteria on the skin, which can lead to acne.Mix one tablespoons yoghurt greek with one to two crushed spirulina tablets (or one teaspoon soon of spirulina powder) to form a paste. Apply the spirulina paste to your skin and leave it on until it becomes dry. Wash off with warm water and then a splash of cold water to close your pores.
2. Turmeric Mask: Because turmeric is anti-inflammatory, it will keep zits and unwanted blemishes at bay. Mix one tablespoon of greek yoghurt with a couple teaspoons of turmeric, to form a paste. Apply the turmeric paste to your skin and leave it on until it becomes dry. Wash off with warm water and then a splash of cold water to close your pores.
3. Egg White Mask: The drying effect of the egg whites are powerful in diminishing acne. Separate egg whites from yolk and apply a layer of egg white to your face using a cosmetic brush. Once the egg white mask has dried, leave it on your skin for an additional 10minutes. Personally, this mask is great to sleep in; you wake up with considerably smaller pores and shrunken spots.
Drugstore / French Pharmacy Masks
You don’t need to buy the most expensive mask to achieve a flawless visage; but with very little or similar success. Cheap is most certainly chic, when it comes to keeping pimples and oil at bay!
4. Garner Pure Active 3 in 1 (pictured below): I’ve purchased this mask so many times I’ve lost count; it never lets me down! If I’ve had a series of late nights and have been drinking very little water, I make sure to apply Garnier 3in1. I leave it on overnight and reapply it upon waking if I’m having a serious skincare emergency.
5. Avene Triacnéal Cream: This treatment is intended for overnight use (but even if it wasn’t I would use it overnight anyway). It’s composed of fruit acids that exfoliate your shinto get rid of impurities. In the past I’ve used this three times a week before going to bed. FYI: it does sting quite a bit when applied, but you’ll get used to it!
Asian Skincare Masks
Asia is at the forefront of the beauty industry, so naturally they would have expertly formulated masks for maintaining a Beyonce-like appearance.
6. Korean Sheet Masks (pictured below): Sheet masks are probably the only masks that I actually adhere to the time set on the packaging! Owing to it’s slippery nature, it would be impossible for a sheet mask to stay on anyone’s face for longer than 20 minutes. When it comes to selecting a sheet mask, look out for moisture-rich varieties like this. It may sound counter-intuitive to use a moisturizing mask on oily skin, but trust me it works.
7. Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder: Even though it’s a cleanser, I prefer to use Tatcha’s rice powder as a face mask. I use a touch of water to create a paste, which I then smear all over my face. I’ll wash it off after an hour or leave it on overnight.
Do you have any acne-fighting face mask recommendations?
Let me know in the comments!
— Tracey Chè King
Photographed by the author.